I tested the new Ping G25 driver and the R1. I was very impressed with the R1. The R1 felt solid with good distance, was averaging 300yds.
With the Taylormade R11 driver, some purists cried "foul" when TM introduced a pure white crown, but many performance-minded golfers couldn't get enough. Golfers were able to tinker with the loft, face angle at address, and trajectory. Now with the R1, TaylorMade has a driver that adjusts 12 different ways for loft, seven ways for face angle, and also boasts trajectory tuning.
With all the loft, lie angle and face angle options in the TaylorMade R1 driver, there is a fit for nearly every golfer. The rub, of course, is whether the golfer can make consistent contact between clubface and ball - and whether each golfer who buys one understands the effects on ball flight well enough to properly tune the driver.
Compared to TaylorMade's previous adjustable drivers, the R1 has less spin, achieved in part by moving the center of gravity forward. The tradeoff for a low-spin driver head is that loft needs to be set a little higher than in the past, but with uber-adjustability, that's easily done.
The TaylorMade R1 driver performs as advertised, which is to say: better than the Taylormade R11S driver. Higher ball speed off the face means more carry yards. Not many more, but more. About 1-3 more carry yards in our testing, but notably with much lower spin, which means golfers see more roll-out for more overall distance.
The sound of the driver is solid - more of a thwack, and less "tink" than TaylorMade's last model R11S. The stock shaft offering of Aldila RIP Phenom 55 is fine, but I'd personally prefer a return to the Matrix line of stock shafts. The Aldila feels a little whippy, perhaps even too light at 55 grams. That's OK for many of us, who can use a little bit more clubhead speed, but might be too light for the higher-swing-speed players.
Overall, I can't forget how nice it is to be able to adjust the driver. I was very impressed with the R1.